Bonsall Field Barns

Faye Geeson

Aims of the garden:

  • Promote field barn restoration
  • Depict field barn setting
  • Depict the Bonsall locality
  • Reflect Bonsall history
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With thanks to garden product suppliers

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The Secret Homestead

Designed by Lucy Hutchings

supported by Hillier

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The homespun image of the veg patch will resonate with many, but not everyone. The Secret Homestead aims to break from traditional ‘tropes’ and explore the possibilities of just what edible gardens can be.

With a talks area integrated into the Garden, you’ll be able to drop in through your day at the Show to pick up top tips on growing your own tasty produce!

Hosted by Lucy, speakers include Chris Collins, Stephanie Hafferty, CloudGardenerUK, Ade Sellars, Becky Searle, Lydia Lakemoore, Michael Kennard and more!

We Grow Stage, hosted by Lucy Hutchings

Click the dates below to see who is on when

Thursday 15 June

11.00am Stephanie Hafferty ‘No dig gardening’

12.00pm Caley Brothers Growing Mushrooms At Home – How Growing Mushrooms Is Beneficial For The Mind, Body and Soil’

1.00pm Lucy Hutchings ‘The Garden Designer’s Kitchen Garden’

2.00pm Jason Williams, Cloud Gardener UK How to create an edible small space container garden 

3.00pm Chris Collins, Garden Organic ‘Starting an organic allotment’

4:00pm Stephanie Hafferty‘No dig gardening’

Friday 16 June

11.00am Danni Gallacher, Plot.81 ‘Forage your garden’

12.00pmJason Williams, Cloud Gardener UK How to create an edible small space container garden 

1.00pm Stephanie Hafferty ‘No dig gardening’

2.00pm Lucy Hutchings ‘The Garden Designer’s Kitchen Garden’

3.00pm Ali Pumpfrey, Yeo Valley ‘The Chefs Garden’

4:00pm Joe Bagley ‘Creating a ‘thicket’ of plants in your home’

Saturday 17 June

11.00am Ade Sellars ‘The Good Life Gardener’

12.00pm Ali Pumpfrey, Yeo Valley ‘The Chefs Garden’

1.00pm Becky Searle – Sow Much More ‘Soil Ecology’

2.00pm Ade Sellars ‘The Good Life Gardener’

3.00pm Chris Collins, Garden Organic ‘Starting an organic allotment’

4:00pm Lucy Hutchings ‘The Garden Designer’s Kitchen Garden’

Sunday 18 June

11.00am Lucy Hutchings ‘The Garden Designer’s Kitchen Garden’

12.00pm Michael Kennard, Compost Club ‘Healthy soil | Healthy plants | Healthy humans’

1.00pm Lydia Lakemoore, Your Organic PT ‘Gardening for Health and Wellness’

2.00pm Tom Leonard, The Drag Queen Gardener ‘Gardening for mental wellbeing’

3.00pm Michael Kennard, Compost Club ‘Healthy soil | Healthy plants | Healthy humans’

4:00pm Joe Bagley ‘Creating a ‘thicket’ of plants in your home’

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About Lucy

Lucy Hutchings is a couture jewellery designer turned edible garden designer, homesteader and gardening influencer (@shegrowsveg) with a passion for GYO.

Lucy believes that the GYO movement needs a rebrand to encourage the Instagram generation to try their hand at growing their own food, and she’s here to help. With more than 167,000 Instagram followers, a sustainable gardening school, and an exciting edible Show Garden design for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2023, Lucy’s on a mission to get Great Britain growing.

The Secret Homestead Garden

The dramatic black and white palette, accented with vivid coral and pink, sets this garden apart from conventional kitchen gardens. Initially the borders appear purely ornamental with drifts of flowers and sculptural foliage. However, all the plants in the garden are edible, from dahlia, canna and colocasia root crops, to zesty oxalis. On closer inspection, some conventional vegetables can be found, but all in their most decorative of forms. Flowering kale, candy striped corn, vivid pink chard and celery; midnight black sunflowers; even gothic tone tomatoes.

Just as the plants are dual-purpose, so too are the decorative elements. Sculptures double as insect habitats and mushroom gardens, a hand painted door reveals a root cellar. Beauty is every bit as important as abundance in this alternative food garden.

With thanks to garden product suppliers

1. HILLIER

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